Dogs Host Tigers
    Kevin Bell continues to climb the WAC career assist list.
    Kevin Bell continues to climb the WAC career assist list.

    Dec. 21, 2007

    FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State and Pacific will meet for the 150th time on Saturday night at the Save Mart Center. The Tigers own a 77-72 lead in the all-time seres that began in 1923. The Tigers come to Fresno State with a record of 8-3.

    After Saturday's game, the Bulldogs won't return home until January 8 when they host Saint Mary's College.

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    Scouting the Tigers
    Perennial Big West power Pacific brings an 8-3 record to the Save Mart Center with four wins in the last five games. Recent victories over Nevada, USF, Santa Clara and Montana have the Tigers playing well heading into the Holiday break. Steffan Johnson leads the club in scoring at 15.1 points per game. Chad Trover (11.6) and Anthony Brown (11.1) are also averaging double figures in scoring. UOP is beating its opponents on the boards by an avearge of nearly five per game. The Tigers are off until Saturday's game against the Dogs.

    Against the Tigers
    This is the 150th meeting between these two long-time rivals. Pacific comes to Fresno for the 76th time in the series that began in 1923. Fresno State has played Pacific more in men's basketball than any other program in any sport. The Tigers own a two-game winning streak in the series. Prior to that the Dogs won seven straight. Fresno State and Pacific have not played since the 2004-05 season, a 99-63 Pacific win in Steve Cleveland's first season. UOP owns a 77-72 all-time lead in the series.

    Bell Climbs Record Books
    Fresno State senior point guard Kevin Bell is looking to climb the record books this season in his final year in a Bulldog uniform. Bell moved into second place on the record books for assists with 481 in his career. Through 89 games he is 117 assists away from passing Dominick Young for the all-time record. Bell has led the WAC in assists the last two seasons and his assist total has gone up all three years he has been here. He'll need to average 5.7 assists per game to catch Young. He's looking to become just the second player in WAC history to lead the league in assists for three consecutive seasons.



    Fresno State Career Assist Record List
    1. Dominic Young (1995-97), 598
    2. Kevin Bell (2004-p), 481

    WAC Career Assist Record List
    15. Mark Dickel, UNLV (1997-99), 496
    16. Sean Dent, Wyoming (1983-88), 495
    17. Kevin Bell (2004-p), 481

    "Join the State - Fresno State!" - The Fresno State men's basketball team continues play at the Save Mart this Saturday, December 22 against Pacific at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (559)485-TIXS, or in person at the Save Mart Center box office.

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